Safe Family Services Offering supportive services to youth in an SDYS program who are at-risk and have experienced domestic violence, as well as preventative services to at-risk youth.

Providing Safe Family Services

There are many forms of domestic violence that include different types of abuse physical, sexual, emotional, economic and stalking. It is hard to know how common domestic violence is because it is often not reported. Anyone can be affected on all levels and it is important to provide services that will empower youth to reach their highest potential.

Our Safe Family Services Program offers supportive services to TAY (18-24 years old) who are at-risk, currently in an SDYS program and have historically or are currently experiencing domestic violence. We also offer supportive services to at-risk youth (11-14 years), through the evidenced – based, Dating Matters group curriculum, which focuses on supporting youth’s social – emotional health, strengthening positive, nonviolent attitudes and behaviors, and promoting healthy relationships.

Referrals: Ages 11-14, Ages 18-24

Dayana Tapia
Safe Family Services Permanency Navigator

Who can refer youth to Safe Family Services?

Youth can be referred to our services by San Diego Youth Services Staff and Volunteers, as well as community members. Please contact our team.

Program Details:

Teen girl talking to counselor

Children, currently enrolled in an SDYS program, ages 11 to 14 will be provided with supportive services through an evidence-based group curriculum, called Dating Matters. Dating Matters focuses on supporting youth’s social-emotional health, strengthening positive, nonviolent attitudes and behaviors, and promoting healthy relationships.

Dating Matters Program

Youth Programs: Prevention groups and activities for youth ages 11 to 14 years old focusing on the evidence – based curriculum Dating Matters.

Parent Programs: Provide support to all parents, including foster and adoptive parents with Dating Matters Parent Program Supports to build their knowledge and empower them to take action.

Training for Staff, Volunteers, and Youth – Serving Professionals: Offer Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention Training for Educators to help staff understand the risk factors and warning signs of teen dating violence, as well as their role in promoting healthy relationships. 

Services Offered:

  • Dating Matters prevention groups and activities for youth
  • Dating Matters Parent Program support
  • Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention Training for Educators
  • Support: Linkage to information and referral and community resources for service partners and their parents.

Who Can Refer: SDYS Staff/Volunteers, community partners

Eligibility Requirements: Youth must meet the age requirement, be at-risk, and currently enrolled in an SDYS program. For a full assessment of eligibility please contact Safe Family Services Permanency Navigator Dayana Tapia at dtapia@sdyouthservices.org

Youth Aged 18-24

Over the years of providing housing to TAY (transitional age youth), the need for healthy relationship services has grown. Safe Family Services offers supportive services and financial assistance to TAY 18-24 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and experiencing domestic violence.

Our Program Offerings

Individual Therapy- TAY 18-24 years old who are currently in a SDYS housing program and are at risk of losing their housing due to domestic violence.

Group Therapy/Case Management- TAY 18-24 years old who are currently in a SDYS program and would benefit from enhanced services related to Domestic Violence.

Housing Support- Short Term and Emergency Housing Assistance (1-3 months) for TAY 18-24 years old who are currently in a SDYS program and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Resiliency Funds- Short Term Financial Assistance (1-3 months) for TAY 18-24 years old. These funds are flexible, based on need and applied for through the program’s Permanency Manager.

Services Offered:

  • Counseling Services
  • Case Management
  • Housing Support
  • Client Advocacy
  • Financial Assistance
  • Linkage to Community Resources

Who Can Refer: SDYS Staff/Volunteers, Community Partners

Eligibility Requirements: Youth must meet the age requirement, be homeless or at risk of homelessness, and have historically or currently be experiencing domestic violence. For a full assessment of eligibility please contact Safe Family Services Permanency Navigator Dayana Tapia at dtapia@sdyouthservices.org